Many Canadian Muslims have emerged victorious in the country’s 2021 general elections despite rising anti-Muslim climate of hate.
At least 12 Muslim candidates, including two women, won this week’s election that comes amid the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Though the Liberals won the race, they are projected to win 158 seats, short of the 170 seats needed for the majority Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought for with his early election call.
The Conservatives have also held onto their main opposition status and are expected to win about 122 seats, followed by Bloc Quebecois with 34 seats, the New Democrats at 25 and the Green by 2 seats.
The following list, compiled by Muslim Link, aims to celebrate the diversity of the Canadian Muslim community, celebrating those wishing to serve their country and community.
Ziad Aboultaif, Conservative Member of Parliament for Edmonton Manning
Lebanese Canadian Ziad Aboultaif served as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Manning since 2015. He was appointed Official Opposition Critic for National Revenue (2015-2017), Shadow Minister for International Development (2017-2019) and Shadow Minister for Digital Government from 2019-2020. Ziad is a strong advocate for live organ donations.
Ali Ehsassi, Liberal Member of Parliament for Willowdale
Iranian Canadian Ali Ehsassi is a lawyer who has served as the Member of Parliament Willowdale since 2015. He graduated from the University of Toronto (B.A.), attended the London School of Economics (M.Sc.) and received degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B) and Georgetown University in Washington, DC (LL.M).
Omar Alghabra, Liberal Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre
Syrian Canadian Omar Alghabra was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 2006 and again in 2015 and 2019. He served as Minister of Transport, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs) and International Trade Diversification.
Shafqat Ali, Liberal Member of Parliament for Brampton Centre
Shafqat Ali is an entrepreneur who has volunteered with youth, including forming a youth sports club, organizing festivals and fundraising for the local hospital, and food bank. He was a leading voice in successfully advocating for the cricket pitch on White Clover Way in Mississauga.
Ahmed Hussen, Liberal Member of Parliament for York South-Weston
Somali Canadian Ahmed Hussen, a lawyer, has served as Member of Parliament for the riding of York South-Weston since 2015. From 2017, Ahmed served as the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. In 2019, he was appointed as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Majid Jowhari, Liberal Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill
Iranian Canadian Majid Jowhari was elected as the Member of Parliament for Richmond Hill in 2015.
Iqra Khalid, Liberal Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills
Pakistani Canadian Iqra Khalid served as Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills since 2015. She chairs the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and as a member of the International Human Rights Subcommittee. She serves as Chair of the Liberal Women’s Caucus and the All-Party Women’s Caucus.
Yasir Naqvi, Liberal Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre
Pakistani Canadian Yasir Naqvi was elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre in October 2007. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He served as the Attorney General of Ontario, Government House Leader, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Minister of Labour.
Taleb Noormohamed, Liberal Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Granville
Taleeb was a senior official in the federal government (2002 to 2007), which included establishing the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security. He served as Director of the Air India Review Secretariat and Special Advisor to the Hon. Bob Rae. He is CEO at an online marketplace for apparel and home goods.
Arif Virani, Liberal Member of Parliament for Parkdale–High Park
Ugandan Asian Canadian Arif Virani served as Member of Parliament for Parkdale–High Park since 2015. He was an analyst with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and as an assistant trial attorney at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He founded the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).
Salma Zahid, Liberal Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre
Pakistani Canadian Salma Zahid served as Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre since 2015. She chairs the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, and is a member of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women. She presented a successful private member’s motion designating June as Filipino Heritage Month.
Sameer Zuberi, Liberal Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds-Dollard
Sameer Zuberi, who is of South Asian and Scottish-Italian heritage, served as Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds–Dollard since 2019. He holds degrees in law from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and in mathematics from Concordia University. He served in the Black Watch, a Canadian Forces Reserves unit.